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Reflections for Easter Sunday

[caption id="attachment_3208" align="aligncenter" width="500"] "Testimony" Copyright © 2012 Jan Richardson Images. All Rights Reserved.[/caption] From  Girl Meets God: The Last Battle, the final volume of Lewis's Narnia chronicles, pictures the end of time. Aslan---the lion who represents Jesus---has returned, folding ...

Reflections for Holy Saturday

[caption id="attachment_3201" align="aligncenter" width="500"] "Buried" Copyright © 2012 Jan Richardson Images. All Rights Reserved.[/caption]   The Last of the Brooding Miserables by Mary Karr Lord, you maybe know me best by my odd laments: My friend drew the garage door tight, lay flat on the cold cement, ...

Good Friday: Embracing the hard things

This year I had the opportunity to contribute to the Lenten devotional for Liberti Church Philadelphia. It's meant to be read on Good Friday, so I wanted to share it here with you today.   A reflection on John 13:36-38 Peter genuinely believed he wouldn’t screw this up. He genuinely believed he loved his Lord fiercely ...

Reflections for Maundy Thursday

[caption id="attachment_3180" align="aligncenter" width="450"] "Holy Thursday" Copyright © 2012 Jan Richardson Images. Used with permission. All Rights Reserved.[/caption]   Descending Theology: The Garden by Mary Karr We know he was a man because, once doomed, he begged for reprieve. See him grieving on his ...

Daughters of Jerusalem (A poem for Holy Week)

In the past I've shared this poem, which I wrote a few years ago for my church, on Good Friday. This year I've decided to share it today, on Holy Wednesday, as we begin to retell ourselves the story of Easter. Daughters of Jerusalem from Luke 23:27-31   Blessed is the womb that never felt one tiny foot press ...

Holy Week / Holy Protest of Silence

[caption id="attachment_9238" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Farm Garden with Crucifix, Gustav Klimt (1912, Austrian)[/caption]   This past week at the Festival of Faith and Writing, I picked up a book of poetry that is exploding my brain in all the best ways. Scott Cairns has taken the writings of the mystics ...

Reflections for Easter Sunday

[caption id="attachment_3208" align="aligncenter" width="500"] "Testimony" Copyright © 2012 Jan Richardson Images. All Rights Reserved.[/caption] From  Girl Meets God: The Last Battle, the final volume of Lewis's Narnia chronicles, pictures the end of time. Aslan---the lion who represents Jesus---has returned, folding all ...